Faced with shortages, Venezuela returns to an old recipe to restrict the sale of fuel

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From this Monday, the gasoline will be sold according to the registration number of each vehicle. The long lines continue to fill the tanks.

The Venezuelan government announced that it will resume, as of Monday, the gasoline sales system by vehicle registration number, a decision that is adopted in the midst of the severe shortage of fuels that has suffered for months, despite the country’s great potential in this sector.

“The day of supply is resumed according to the last license plate number of each vehicle, a method already known to all Venezuelans, with the purpose of ordering the vehicular flow at the service stations,” the Minister of Petroleum reported days ago , Tareck El Aissami.

The official pointed out that the program will take effect from Monday, when the country’s service stations open their doors again. forced to close due to lack of supply.

Venezuela has, according to official data, 1,568 fuel service stations and, according to the EFE agency, hundreds of them remained closed this week, although the government never provided the exact number of establishments stopped due to shortages or time. who remained unable to offer open to the public.

On Monday, vehicles whose patents end with numbers 1 and 2 will be able to load gasoline, while on Tuesday those with license plates ending with 3 and 4 will do so; on Thursday they will do it those finished in 7 and 8, and on Friday, in 9 and 0.

The rotation will begin again next Saturday, so it will correspond to the plates that end 1 and 2, “and so on,” added the vice president of economy of Venezuela.

El Aissami also said that the policy that contemplates the monthly refill of 120 liters of gasoline at subsidized prices for each vehicle registered in a parallel census, known as homeland card, in hundreds of stations designated for this purpose.

In addition, he assured that the sale of gasoline will continue at $ 0.50 per liter at the so-called “international price” stations, many of them located in large cities, as established at the end of last May.

Venezuela has been going through a new cycle of fuel shortages for weeks, manifesting itself in lines of several days in Caracas and other cities in the country to fill the tanks. Last May, the country faced another similar situation thanks to five shipments of oil from Iran.

This week, aid from the Persian country returned. According to reports, two Iranian tankers loaded with fuel arrived in Venezuela days ago.

But neither the Venezuelan government nor the state-owned Petróleos de Venezuela (PDVSA) reported on the entry of cargo into the country, despite the desperation of citizens in recent weeks, who wait up to 6 days in line to load the tanks and protests that have been triggered by lack of fuel.

Venezuelan President Nicolás Maduro affirmed on Wednesday that PDVSA has recovered two refineries, of whose operational failures he never reported, and said he expected the prompt normalization of gasoline supply.

Venezuela, the country with the world’s largest oil reserves, has seen its crude production drop from 3.2 million barrels a day 12 years ago to less than 400,000 today, according to OPEC.

The refining system of the former oil power, with installed capacity to process 1.3 million barrels a day of crude oil and fuels, barely worked at 12% of its potential in the first quarter of 2020, according to figures provided to the agency AFP by industry sources.

Source: EFE and AFP

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